Life Imitating Art: A Conversation With Real Life Comics Hero Jerry Robinson

When I heard that a true comics legend – Jerry Robinson – was auctioning off two pf the most important pieces of original comic art ever to be uncovered I had to try to talk to him. Luckily the folks at the ComicConnect.com auctions were able to put me in touch with him. While the auction will be ending on December 1, 2010, Jerry’s story will be one the lasts a very long time…longer than the eight decades his comic book story has already been going on.

Detective Comics #69 original cover art by Jerry Robinson.

The historic double guns Joker cover above by Jerry Robinson is just one of a pair of iconic images of classic American art form that will be sold this week for the artist by ComicConnect.com. The other will be his cover to Superman #14 by Fred Ray.

Jerry has done just about everything an artist can do in the industry and then some – not the least of which was co-creating The Joker and Robin, the Boy Wonder. For Jerry, a funny thing happened on the way to becoming a journalist and he has enjoyed a momentous journey. From  a career that happened by chance to creating some of the world’s most memorable characters to real life heroics and actually making life altering differences in the lives of his friends and colleagues.

I had set out to interview the man and put it in print for you to read but after an hour plus conversation I decided to let you hear the man himself tell his own story in his own words. It gave me great joy to just sit back and go along for the ride. Please take some time to listen to this remarkable man tell you a remarkable story. It includes heroes (and even a villain), passion for a romantic era in American culture and the emergence of comics as a true literary art form from a pioneer with the foresight to call it so.

Panel Surfing is thrilled to chat with comics legend, Jerry Robinson. Be prepared as it is a long conversation at an hour and twenty minutes, but it is well worth it as Jerry crams that 80 minutes with 80 years worth of comics industry insight. Truly inspiring and enlightening. Just click on Jerry’s name above for the full conversation.

 

Superman #14 original cover art by Fred Ray

If Jerry Robinson were playing Texas Hold ‘Em he’d be going all in with a pair of bullets. Here is his other ace – the gorgeous patriotic cover to Superman #14 by Fred Ray. Listen to my conversation with Jerry (click his name above) to learn the amazing story on how he wound up with this cover.

As a long time fan and student of the comic book medium as a storytelling tool and the industry getting to talk with Jerry Robinson was like a Masters crash course in comics and a real treat. Many thanks to Vincent Zurzolo and Stephen Fishler of Metropolis Comics for making it happen along with Jerry’s son Jens as well as Jerry Robinson.

Keep on Panel Surfing,

Jason Versaggi

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